Oct 19

Butternut Squash: The Fruit World’s New Black

Butternut Squash Pappardelle

    Over the last several years, butternut squash has continued to gain popularity.  Once a novelty fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit), the orange, pumpkin-like squash now adorns and stars in dishes on a regular basis.   Draw whichever analogy you will -- Cady Heron àla Mean Girls, Amanda Beckett via Can't Hardly Wait, Blair Waldorf circa Gossip Girl Season 1 --butternut squash is currently the fruit world's "it girl" and she has the hourglass figure to prove … [Read more...]

Oct 17

Gorgonzola Goodness

Gorgonzola-Sage Pasta

Being that Dan travels Monday through Thursday every week, our weekends together are a time to be cherished and celebrated.  Thus, I sit down for an hour or so on Thursdays to plan out the meals I make for us each weekend.  The process of planning meals is usually more difficult and time-consuming for me than cooking them.  With thousands upon thousands of recipes to browse, I often find myself overwhelmed by the options.  One minute I'm set on a simple, veg-tastic salad and the next minute … [Read more...]

Oct 03

Apple-Carrot Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Glaze

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Some say "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  I say "when an orchard gives you 12 lbs. of apples, make muffins."  A trip to Heinz Orchard provided Dan and I with apples so glowingly beautiful they could persuade even the most wary of Snow Whites to take a bite.  Each varietal of apple that we picked (i.e. Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, and Jonathan) offered a unique burst of sugary tartness. As I sampled each of the apples straight from the tree, I was reminded of my … [Read more...]